Merpati Nusantara Airlines has stated that it can turn a profit this year by more than tripling the number of passengers it carries. Sardjono Jhony Tjitrokusumo, the airline’s president director, said the airline was aiming for an Rp 67 billion ($7.4 million) profit, with revenue to grow 200% to Rp 3.6 trillion. This is compared to a Rp 146 billion loss last year. To meet its goals, Merpati will increase its fleet to 36 aircraft, from the current 25, with the addition of 11 new 737-400s.

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